TeenHacks LI Team

Meet the rest of the dedicated team that has been preparing for the upcoming event!


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Skye Lam, Programming

Skye Lam is a sophomore at the Bronx High School of Science. He has a strong passion in the STEM field and has been coding since elementary school. When he’s not conducting research about the environment or leading youth activism events, Skye is giving back to the computer science community, He has been a member of the TeenHacks LI organization since Fall 2019. As a member of the Programming Team, Skye is building connections with leading companies and professionals within the tech community to make the upcoming hackathon the best one yet.

Jeffrey Paulraj, Programming

Jeffrey is a senior at South Brunswick High School and the Programming Outreach Coordinator at TeenHacksLI. Jeffrey reaches out and works with engineers working at tech companies and the STEM field to mentor and speak at our events. He loves to teach others while also learning new skills in lots of different fields. He also likes to code websites and mobile apps. In his free time, he likes to read and watch basketball games. He hopes to help many develop skills throughout STEM and apply these skills to their personal lives.

Josephine, Programming

A sophomore at Stuyvesant High School, Josephine has developed a passion for problem-solving. Having been on the participants' side of hackathons, she now enjoys being on the creating side of hackathons. As Awards Coordinator, she reaches out to companies for prizes and other in-kind donations in order to create the best possible hacker experience.

Ashay Shah, Marketing

Ashay is currently a freshman at Herricks High School and has a strong interest for the world of STEM. He loves to design and build new things using his innovative mindset. After going to the fall 2019 event, he found that he loved this field even more and became further involved with the organization in order to spread this affinity to other people.

Sandy Zhang, Finance

Sandy is a junior at the Bronx High School of Science. She is interested in STEM and wishes to spread her love of science to others. Sandy loves to cook, draw, and listen to music during her free time. She hopes to enlarge the hackathon community and encourage others to chase their dreams.

Jeslin Paulraj, Finance

Jeslin is a junior at South Brunswick High School. Jeslin has always had a passion for STEM, but became interested in computer science by attending Girls Who Code. She loves to learn and expand her knowledge, and also tutors students in various STEM subjects. She also works with younger children and teaches them basic computer science skills through interactive programs and games. In her free time, she loves to read, bake, and work on developing her computer science skills. At TeenHacks LI, she hopes to help expand the organization to enhance the hackathon experience and inspire others to explore the computer science field.

Shivas Khera, Finance

I am a rising junior at the Bronx High School of Science. One of my favorite hobbies is playing badminton, but I also like to play video games off and on.

Madelein Willett, Finance

My name is Madeleine Willett, and I am a rising junior at Ellington High School in Connecticut. I really got into computer science my freshman year. Since then I have been diving into many different subjects relating to computer science, mainly programming, cyber security, and recently graphic design. In addition to this I started the first computer science clubs at my high school, recently participated as a mentor for Code Labs (summer program of Code Day), and am actively involved in Girls Who Code and Girls Go Cyberstart. As a part of the marketing team I want to help as many people as possible find out about this hackathon so people (especially like me who don't have many opportunities like this in my area) can come and experience what hackathons are like and be introduced to a whole new community with similar interests. In my free time I enjoy taking/editing pictures, spending time with my family, and traveling.

Matthew Liang, Marketing

I’m a student from Jericho High School and I have an interest in both STEM and photography. STEM is a field that really fuels my curiosity and my passion for it lead me to join a robotics team and coding club. Photography is also something that I’m passionate about because it lets me freely express myself. These interests have given me countless unforgettable experience and I wish for others to be able to have the same.

Jonah Elkowitz, Marketing

Jonah Elkowitz is a 17-year-old, award-winning photographer from Jericho High School. He has always had a profound interest in technology and photography. Photography has opened his mind up to new experiences and never-ending learning opportunities. He has proudly worked with TeenHacks LI since the very first event, and he hopes to continue to bring kids together to change the world. This mission inspired him to create an organization that works with student creators from around the world.

Amanda Wang, Marketing

Amanda is currently a senior at Methacton High School. She understands the importance of STEM in daily life and is passionate about TeenHacksLI's cause. Her first hackathon at THLI was a very unique experience. She hopes to open opportunities for others and through working with THLI's marketing team. She enjoys seeking adventure, taking care of her plants, and experimenting with different artistic mediums.

Reshmi Anwar, Public Relations

Reshmi is a senior at Stuyvesant High School. She is interested in working to bridge the gender gap in computer science and STEM fields. Her first computer science programs (Tech Scholars I and II) at the New-York Historical Society opened her eyes to the creative world of coding. Along with her Girls Who Code summer program, this experience motivated her to take the lead in encouraging and fostering interest in computer science among other young girls. In her free time, she likes to read, play badminton, and spend time with her friends.

Arpitha Vinod, Public Relations

Arpitha Vinod is a senior at Herricks High School who loves coding and dancing. In her free time she voluntarily teaches young kids different programming languages because she believes unique problem solving skills can be taught through coding, a necessary skill for the future. She is also a trained classical Indian dancer and loves to perform in various programs, embracing her culture. While the Fall 2020 Hackathon can’t be in person this year, Arpitha is excited to work with the rest of the team and keep everyone updated about the new changes through informative blog posts.

Henry Gao, Campus Ambassador

Henry Gao is currently a sophomore at Great Neck South High School. His interest in STEM started from attending hackathons, and it has flourished into a strong curiosity in both computer science and robotics. Having attend both Teenhacksli events, this will be his first time working for the team as a Campus Ambassador Coordinator

Kobe Zheng, Campus Ambassador

Kobe Zheng is a student at Great Neck South High School who enjoys playing video games. He is interested in music technology and he hopes to pursue software engineering.

Deep Patel, Campus Ambassador

Deep Patel is a sophomore at mount sinai high school and he loves to create and learn. He has been involved in Computer Sciences for three years. He is passionate about hackathons ever since he attended his first last fall. He is excited to encourage Campus Ambassadors and inform students about the event.

Manaav Shah, Finance

Other than watching tech videos on YouTube all day, Maanav Savani is a determined, dedicated 9th grader at Herricks High School. He is passionate about computer science and believes that technology is the future. During his free time, he participates in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, tennis, and his school's robotics team. Maanav has been a part of THLI since their Fall 2019 event as a Campus Ambassador, and he is interested in what THLI has and hopes to help them enhance further in the future.

Isabella Chen, Finance

Isabella Chen is currently a junior at the Bronx High School of Science. She is very passionate about STEM and has always been. Isabella has been interested in contributing since her first Teenhacks LI event and hopes to provide students with more hacking experiences as a part of the team. She hopes to inspire more young hackers towards the field of CS and technology and make a difference. Her focus is to give underrepresented communities and minorities the chance they need to succeed. Aside from her passion for hackathons, she also has an interest in engineering and robotics.

Sabrina Duan, Finance

Sabrina Duan is a student at Mount Sinai High School who loves to try new things. She has a passion for music and strawberry shortcakes.